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Overwhelmed by life jacket options!

Hello!  We are going to buy some of our own boating gear this year, so we can have kayaking excursions while social distancing. We each need a pfd or life jacket. There are 3 of us, mid size male and female adults and an 11 year old. We don’t want top of the line, but don’t want junk either. There’s so many options it’s overwhelming!  Please advise and help narrow the options!

thanks!

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Re: Overwhelmed by life jacket options!

Hey there @BrownFam!

Thanks for reaching out to us in the Community!  So many available choices can definitely be overwhelming.  I might first point out this article about Choosing a PFD for yourself and a related article about Choosing PFD's for Kids.  This might give you a better idea of what features are important to you!

As far as personal recommendations, as a woman I would recommend the Stohlquist Flow PFD or the Astral Linda PFD.  For a male or unisex option, you might take a look at the MTI Quest PFD or the Astral Ronny PFD.  Here are some Youth PFD options.  You will want to consider your child's weight when selecting the right PFD for them!

Hope this helps!    

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